Fiend: A Novel

Fiend: A Novel

by Peter Stenson

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ISBN-13: 9780770436315
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

PETER STENSON received his MFA from Colorado State University in 2012. His stories and essays have been published in The Sun, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Post Road, Fugue, Harpur Palate, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, and elsewhere. He is also a recovering addict and has been sober for 10 years. He lives with his wife and daughter in Denver.

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Fiend: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dark but utterly compelling read...I had to read it all in one sitting! Strangely heartbreaking; I never thought I'd be rooting for a meth addict!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great zombie novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing. Could not put it down. Very excited to see more from this young author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Combine the drug dealing and mistrust of Breaking Bad with the epic zombie wasteland of the Walking Dead and you will find yourself in the world of Fiend.  Two boys, addicted to meth, find themselves in the middle of the end of the world.  When they first realize it they think it's just a bad trip but as the book goes on it becomes more apparent that they are really experiencing a zombie apocalypse.   I rather enjoyed the world that Stenson created and how he allowed the characters to develop.  I also really enjoyed the fact that he used a location that I was very familiar with.  I also was happy to see that Stenson addressed the fact that drug addiction, especially to drugs like meth, fracture someone's world and change who they are.  Even though the characters are friends with each other for the most part they realize that drug addiction has created a person that they cannot trust because they are only thinking of getting their next fix.   The only issue I had with this book was that occassionally I found the main character to be a bit annoying.  Also I had to get used to the fact that the talking between characters was just written with indents instead of quotations. Other than those minor things I was very happy with this book overall.
CTK310 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that really focuses on the drug culture instead of zombies. The fact that you can't trust anyone that is addicted to meth and that every survivor is a meth addict gives this a great plot. I enjoyed this book and read it very quickly. The reason I did not give it a five star rating is because the difficulty in following dialogue. The story is a twacked out survival novel all in pursuit of the next high just to stay alive. I do not want to give away anything but there are some parts of the book where you wonder how the tweakers are gonna carry on. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done!!! I savored every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went in with no expectations and I'm happy. This book was a very easy read, especially with the flow of his writing style. Definitly recommend to anyone looking for a cool take on the zombie apocalypse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The addiction part was so spot on , it was insane , plot was original I can't wait to see what he comes up with next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this twice and both times I just could not put it down.
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Fun read
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Seriously this is some messed up stuff. Between the hard look that Chase takes at himself and his friends, the messed up stuff that he does and all the meth that they smoke it’s just a strange story. Chase and his fellow group of addicts don’t really have any redeeming qualities among them and when it started out I thought it would be more funny than serious but as the story goes on it doesn’t go that way and the more you get into the story the more it feels as if you’re in the head of a meth addict as they justify and scheme. It’s an interesting story which is well written and full of gore for the traditional zombie lover while the new take on the zombies makes it feel very original. I probably would have given this four star if I just didn’t come out of it thinking “WTF was that?”.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See above-mentioned creative comment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on a zombie story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a former tweaker and current drug counselor, I was delighted to find this one of the best pieces of writing on this addiction and how its devastation. I had my doubts about it being set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse but Stenson knocked this one out of the ball park! His version and its particular twist on who is able to survive death and zombification escapes the risk of being a gimmick. It is unique and serves to further heighten the book's desperation and overall effect. The only downside is that the book came to an end - any end!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Could not imagine this actually happening but, WOW! This would be a wild ride. Not that I would want to do drugs but what a way to go. Wish that there was a little bit more zombies in this story but the ending was left wide open. Hofefully for a book 2. This is not a kids story. Contains alot of drug use in it.
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Pretty much couldn't stop reading this till the last page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Brought a whole new perspective into my life and could not put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. If you're strictly looking for a zombie novel, it doesn't have as much intense battle sequences as you are probably hoping for. However, I could not put it down. I tried putting myself in the character's positions and I felt so conflicted as to what I would have done given the situation. Definitely reccommend!
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